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    Velopharyngeal Inadequacy (VPI) Assessment

    This is an online course offering with no required start or end date. The course can be accessed at any time, and does not have to be completed in one sitting.

    The impact of velopharyngeal inadequacy (VPI) on speech production will be covered in detail in order to demonstrate that evaluation of VPI is an evaluation of speech, not simply the velopharyngeal structures. We will then review the various approaches to assessment of velopharyngeal function for speech including perceptual testing, acoustic testing (nasometry), and imaging (videoendoscopy and videofluoroscopy).

    At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe why assessment of VPI begins with perceptual testing by a trained clinician.
    • Identify the role of acoustic methods of measuring the impact of VPI on speech.
    • List the value, goals, and techniques for imaging the velopharyngeal mechanism.

    Michael P. Karnell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Associate Professor
    University of Iowa

    Dr. Michael Karnell has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
    Dr. Michael Karnell is employed by the University of Iowa.

    The course is primarily intended for speech-language pathologists. However, plastic surgeons, oral surgeons, orthodontists, prosthodontists, and otolaryngologists could benefit from the information contained in the course.

    This course offers 3 Contact Hours (0.3 CEUs) for SLPs. CEUs for this course are approved by the following entities:

    • ASHA
    • Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

    At the completion of the course, required forms must be returned to the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning to receive CE credit.



    Simply select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and click the "Order Now" button to pay by credit card. After payment, you will receive an email confirmation of enrollment that includes a link to access the course.

    If you would like to pay by check, cash, or department*, please print this registration form, and send it to us with your payment. Checks should be made out to Brooks Rehabilitation.

    This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional area).

    In order to receive ASHA CEUs for this course, you must complete the ASHA Learning Assessment and CEU Participant Form. The ASHA Learning Assessment will appear at the conclusion of the presentation and is submitted electronically. The CEU Participant Form is available under "Event Resources" and should be returned to the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning once you have completed the course. You can submit the form one of the following three ways:

    • Option 1) Email to info@BrooksIHL.org
    • Option 2) Fax to (904) 345-7193
    • Option 3) Mail to:

    Brooks Institute of Higher Learning
    3599 University Blvd. S
    Jacksonville, FL 32216